You won’t fork out for a new sofa but you’ll save hard for the next ‘big trip’. You’re not that interested in owning a wardrobe full of designer clothes, but you can’t resist festival tickets. You’re not alone. In fact, there’s a name for it. You’re part of the ‘experience economy’ and it’s a force to be reckoned with. Though the term was coined in the late 1990s, the trend for shunning material goods in favour of getting out there to see and do really took off two years ago, heralded, bizarrely, by Ikea. In 2016, the Swedish ‘stuff’ leviathan’s chief sustainability officer, Steve Howard, told the world the West had reached ‘peak stuff’, that the boom consumerism of the 20th century had left us feeling claustrophobic and jaded. These days we spend what money we have on living for the moment, making the most of our time. Despite a squeeze on household finances last year, … [Read more...] about Got a bucket list? It’ll cost you £428,000 to complete
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DUNDEE has been named one of the best places in Europe to visit this year by travel guide Lonely Planet. It is placed sixth on the guide's best in Europe 2018 list which includes Italy's food heartland of Emilia-Romagna, the northern Spanish region of Cantabria, Provence in France and Kosovo. Once known as the home of "jute, jam and journalism", Dundee was praised for its growing cultural scene and the transformation of the city's historic waterfront, with the new V&A Dundee due to open in September. Describing Dundee, Lonely Planet's writers praised a creative scene that "increasingly attracts some of the UK's most visionary talent", building on its selection by Unesco as the UK's first City of Design in 2014. The travel guide company's editorial director Tom Hall said: "While visitors have always been assured of a friendly welcome, Dundee has often been overlooked by travellers to Scotland, but that should be set to change. "The opening of V&A Dundee is a really exciting … [Read more...] about Lonely Planet touts DUNDEE as one of its top 10 European holiday spots for 2018
8. Stay for Christmas There's nowhere quite like NYC at Christmas time, from shopping at Macy's on 34th Street to the famous Rockefeller Center tree and ice-skating beneath the 'scrapers in Central Park. This is the best time of year to catch a show, poke your nose up against the window displays, and if you stay to New Year's, join the throngs in Times Square. Our advice? If you're in the crowds, keep bathroom breaks to a minimum. - VN While you're at it: It's worth sticking around for the January sales, which start right after Christmas. The weather's cold, but the prices are hot. 9. Take a Sex and the City Tour You can't turn a corner in NYC without finding a movie location - from Marilyn Monroe's favourite subway grate at Lexington and 52nd to the Ghostbusters firehouse in Tribeca (14 North Moore and Varick). SATC locations are peppered all over, and this 3.5-hour bus tour takes you around some of Carrie Bradshaw and co's favourite haunts, from an adult boutique to the altogether … [Read more...] about The New York Bucket List: 25 things to do in the Big Apple before you die!
Every year, thousands of Brits flock to Edinburgh to check out the city's breathtaking sights, historical offerings and vibrant nightlife. But in August, the city gets a major tourism boost thanks to the Fringe Festival which sees comedians and performers from around the world descending upon the city ready to entertain the crowds who've travelled to the Scottish capital for the event. However, even when the festival isn't on, Edinburgh makes for a fun-filled city break, whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, or want somewhere that'll appeal to the kids too. The sheer amount on offer can be somewhat overwhelming, so we've given you a helping hand and created the ultimate city guide with everything from where to stay to what to see. Check it out below... What's included? How to get there on a budget The best cheap hotels and accommodation Top things to see and do Cheap eats across the city You can also find more city break inspiration on our City Breaks page here, and for … [Read more...] about Edinburgh is the beautiful city break destination to bucket list right now
Bali in Indonesia has always been a firm favourite amongst travellers looking to explore its superb tropical jungle landscapes, exceptional temples and pristine white sandy beaches. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the idyllic island has been named the best holiday destination in the world by TripAdvisor, topping a list of 25 popular locations that includes Bora Bora, Jamaica, Hoi An in Vietnam and Phuket in Thailand. Of course because it's packed with so many amazing sights, trying to decide which ones not to miss off the itinerary can be a daunting prospect. To give you a helping hand, we've rounded up the top 10 most beautiful places you need to go and visit next time you take a trip to the Indonesian paradise. But be warned - all of these will give you major wanderlust... 1. Uluwatu Temple The walk to this sea temple is as pretty as the building itself. Take a stroll during the sunset for views that are sure to take your breath away, then head down to Jimbaran Bay and … [Read more...] about 10 incredibly beautiful places in Bali that are bucket list-worthy